High Atlas Foundation

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a Moroccan association and a U.S. 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps Volunteers, and is dedicated to participatory grassroots human development in disadvantaged areas in Morocco, mostly rural. HAF received United Nations Special Consultative Status in 2011. HAF's team is comprised mostly of Moroccans with some international members. Using a participatory approach, HAF works to establish development projects in Morocco that local communities design and manage, and that are in partnership with government and non-government agencies. HAF is committed to facilitating, and training facilitators in, the participatory app...
Cultural Preservation & Coexistence in Essaouira
The High Atlas Foundation and its partners have initiated a preservation and maintenance program for the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cemeteries in Essaouira, which stand as present-day reminders of the multicultural past of this small city and Morocco at-large, where people of different faiths shared a town, a life, work, a culture, and language. This project supports building a website and an education program for students of Essaouira and planting & maintenance of the cemeteries. project reportread updates from the field
Clean Energy Briquette Production in Rural Morocco
This project will produce briquette machines to be used in rural villages in Morocco. A briquette is a no-waste, clean burning alternative to coal or wood. Biowaste, such as nut shells, fallen leaves, and other organic materials are compressed into briquettes using a wooden press designed by The Legacy Foundation (www.legacyfound.org). These briquettes can be used by the community for cooking, or they can be sold to hotels, restaurants, or factories to generate income. project reportread updates from the field
 

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